The importance of employee engagement is a topic of conversation that should be a priority for all organizations. Unfortunately, trying to determine how to boost employee engagement can be as challenging as trying to send a text message with a rotary phone. Employees are not wired the same, so how do you use the same message to reach each employee individually?
Why Boost Employee Engagement?
First, let’s talk about why employee engagement is important and how it can affect your organization.
Employees who possess high levels of engagement are more likely to be productive in the workplace, have better attitudes, and are more attuned to your organization's culture and successes. More, engaged employees can drastically influence co-worker's attitudes, helping to spread the cultural values your organization strives to achieve.
Incidentally, employees with low engagement are much less productive on the job, possess no sense of ownership and are ultimately only at work to get a paycheck. If these employees are not quickly motivated and engaged, their negativity can spread through your organization like wildfire.
How to Increase Employee engagement today:
Employee Engagement Starts with Communication: Building employee engagement takes time and dedication within your team. Since employees do not respond the same, be creative in your approach and take the time to get to know each employee, delivering the message in a manner that connects with them personally. Engage to achieve Engagement.
Invite Your Employees to Share Their Ideas: Feedback is truly the breakfast of champions. Employees need to know that their contributions to your organization are significant and vital to the forward evolution of your organization. Allowing your employees the power to openly communicate their ideas will build trust in you as a leader and lets them know that you believe in them, and value their ideas to grow your organization.
Recognize Your Employee's Efforts: Have you noticed the positive contributions that your employee's are investing in your organization? Make sure that you're recognizing and communicating your appreciation to your employees, commending them on a job well done! A genuine compliment goes a long way, especially when your employees know how your organization feels about their invaluable performance.
Make Work FUN: Your employees come to work every day to work, but that doesn't mean your organization shouldn't fold in some fun! Plan occasional, engaging events which encourage employees to relax and enjoy quality time with their work family! Have a company picnic, an ice cream social, or a company-wide celebration when your team collectively achieves their goals. When your organization goes above and beyond to plan fun activities for your workforce, you'll not only show your employees appreciation, you'll also facilitate team-building.
Follow Through on Initiatives: Employees love new ideas, but more importantly, employees need to know that your organization is fully committed to their word and the execution of new ideas and strategies. Don’t make promises that you don’t plan on keeping, as this sets a contradictory tone where employees can quickly lose faith in the vision of your organization.
Regrettably employee engagement can deteriorate for many reasons. It’s up to the leaders of your organization to make sure this is an area that has continual focus. Your employees can make or break your organization, so take control, focus on what matters, and understand what you can do to make a difference as a mentor within your organization. Implementing these simple five will get you on your way today. Taking Employee Engagement beyond The Simple Five is where we excel. To request a Complimentary Consultation, please click here.
At C.A. Short Company, we are your partner for increased employee engagement resulting in increased performance outcomes to grow your bottom line. Our process and research-based platform helps you engage your team in order to increase your bottom line, motivate your staff to the benefit of the entire organization, and reward your people for the positive changes they make. To request a Complimentary Consultation, please click here.